White Chicken Chili

I couldn’t ever find a white chicken chili I liked, so after trying several “meh” recipes, I decided to make my own.  Threw this together on a whim thinking it would at least be a quick, easy weekend prep to weekday meal kind of item.  But it turns out that Barry declared this his favorite thing I’ve ever made, so I figured I better share.  I make this pretty spicy but you can adjust (or eliminate) the heat easily. ~Robin 

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Ingredients: 

2 T. olive oil

2 medium yellow onions, diced*

4 medium jalapeño peppers, seeded, diced (reduce for lessened spice)

4 4-oz. cans (2 c.) chopped Hatch** green chiles; don’t drain (I use mild on these – more for flavor than heat)

4 cloves minced fresh garlic (or about 2 tsp. minced jarred garlic)

13 c. low-sodium chicken broth (can always add more if you need it, but you don’t want it too soupy)

4 c. cooked shredded chicken breast

3 cans cannellini beans, drained well

3 T. fresh lime juice (I just juice one small lime)

1 T. cumin

1 – 3 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (I do the whole tablespoon because I like it spicy!)  

23 c. cilantro (about 1/2 a bunch) chopped; reserve some for garnish

12 tsp. garlic salt

Optional garnishes/accompaniments (not figured in WW points): sliced avocado, shredded Monterey jack cheese, tortilla chips, and/or a cilantro sprig.

Instructions:

In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil on med-high heat. Then add onion, jalapeño, chiles, garlic, and sauté for 5-7 minutes (until veggies soften).

Reduce to medium heat. Add drained beans, chicken, broth, cumin, lime juice, garlic salt (sounds like a lot of garlic, but it’s a whole lot of food too — trust me), cilantro, & red pepper flakes. Cook for 12-15 min.

Serve and garnish as desired.

Weight Watchers Info.: This makes a whopping 11 one-cup servings.

Old SmartPoints:  4 SmartPoints per cup

Freestyle SmartPoints:  1 SmartPoint per cup

*For easy onion dicing, using a gator chopper will save you some tears, literally. They have varied dicing sizes, so be sure to check on that before purchasing – I used one with a ¼ inch dicing size, but you could use a larger one as well. I used to hate chopping onions before my folks got me this for Christmas one year. Now I can chop without tears and much more quickly.  (We’re not paid or compensated in any way to advertise for the Alligator company; I just really love mine since I’m a big cryer with onions!) 

**You can use any chopped green chile, but I prefer Hatch chiles.  

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7 thoughts on “White Chicken Chili

  1. We’ve had some good questions about the Alligator Chopper: A ‘gator tip is to make sure no food is too close to the edge of the cutting area. It will be pressed outward slightly upon chopping, so I give it a little clearance around the edges & it works like a dream. Be sure to use the cover it comes with too, lest you be splattered with onion juice or pecan debris. It really chops! 🙂

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  2. Emie says:

    Soooo.. does the “gator chopper” really work? I tried a different brand and it was worthless. I’d LOVE to have one that works really well. TIA

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    • Emie says:

      sorry… forgot another question… does it have any other uses? and… have you tried any other of their other products with success? I’m looking for ways to make cooking healthy a bit more streamlined. Thanks, Emie

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      • Yes, it really works! Like a charm. I have used it for garlic as well when I just want a rough chop. Works great for chopping walnuts or pecans as well. I’m sure I’ll find other uses for it too, the more I use it.

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      • Another ‘gator tip is to make sure no food is too close to the edge of the cutting area. It will be pressed outward slightly upon chopping, so I give it a little clearance around the edges & it works like a dream. Be sure to use the cover it comes with too, lest you be splattered with onion juice or pecan debris. It really chops! 🙂

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